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Exploring Contemplative Spirituality

Contemplative Spirituality is a way of life – seeing, relating, and understanding – not only a way of prayer. It focuses on the transforming experience of the presence of God, exploring the disposition and practice that open us to that experience. Whilst often living on the margins of Church, Contemplative Spirituality has witnessed a flourishing renewal in our time.


In 2024-5, Cathedral Associate Priest, Fr Grant Bullen, is leading a study course called
‘The Contemplative Way – Seeing the Gospel of Jesus Through a Different Lens.’ 


Taught over four afternoon workshops, this course explores the Way of Christ as understood in the contemplative tradition. It traces the development of contemplative spirituality from the teachings of Jesus, through the centuries of church tradition (particularly in western mysticism) to the renewal of our own age. 



  • In-person learning

  • Four afternoon workshops.

  • Each session looks at core teachings of Jesus as well as considering contemplative practices in lifestyle and prayer.

  • Although following a sequential development overall, each session will be structured so that it’s ok for occasional or once-off attendance.

Further details will be advertised in the month prior to each session.

Join us:

Any questions can be directed by email:

Fr Grant Bullen


“The Contemplative Way
– Seeing the Gospel of Jesus through a different lens”


In person learning

Synod Hall
Cathedral Church of Christ the King
49 Lydiard Street South
Ballarat, Victoria

2:30pm to 4:30pm

Session 1:

“Beginning at the Beginning” – Jesus, a Jewish Mystic

17 August 2024

Session 2:

“Wisdom from the Empty Space” – The Desert Fathers and Mothers

29 September 2024

Session 3:

“Living the Good Life” – Benedict and The Beginnings of Monasticism

23 November 2024

Session 4:

“The Fruits of Holiness” – Mystics, Then and Now

8 February 2025

Join us:

To confirm attendance please email:

Fr Grant Bullen

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